PARACHINAR, 21 August: Member of National Assembly from Kurram agency Sajid Hussain Tori has said that the Sartaj Aziz-led Fata reforms committee has convened a meeting of the Fata parliamentarians to discuss the proposed reforms package.

Talking to a group of tribesmen here the tribal legislator said the committee would meet in Islamabad with Sartaj Aziz in the chair. He added that the government would seek the opinion of tribal parliamentarians before giving final shape to the reforms package. He further said that after the meeting with tribal legislators, the committee would present its report to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Tori said all the trial parliamentarians would favor Fata’s integration into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa whereas the people of Fata also wanted right to appeal in the higher judiciary and local government elections in Fata.

It merits a mention here that the Fata reforms committee suggested in its report, which is yet to be made public, that Fata should be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The committee has opposed giving status of a separate province or a council on the pattern of Gilgit Baltistan as it might prove dangerous.

The committee has further proposed to amend the Article 247 of the Constitution and the people of Fata should be given the right to approach the higher judiciary. It has also recommended amendments in the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and suggested that all the inhuman clauses of the colonial law including the clauses of collective responsibility should be repealed.